Social Studies

The National Council of Social Studies defines social studies as “the integrated study of the social sciences and humanities to promote civic competence.” The Philadelphia School District’s social studies curriculum draws on a range of disciplines including anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, political science, psychology, religion, and sociology, as well as appropriate content from the humanities, mathematics, and natural sciences. In essence, social studies is meant to enhance students’ understanding of their society and their world, with that enhanced understanding comes the seeking out of solutions to our society’s issues. A strong social studies education is the key to developing the leaders that our nation and our world needs.

Opportunities for Social Studies Teachers

Click on the icon to view a calendar of professional development opportunities, with an emphasis on summer institutes, for social studies teachers. The majority of the opportunities are free, include a stipend, or have scholarships available.  This list is regularly being updated; please check back often for new opportunities.

Suggestions: Do you know of a training, institute, seminar, grant or other opportunity for social studies teachers that is not yet on this calendar? Please email